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HIBBETT X NIKE SOLE SCHOOL INITIATIVE SUPPORTS 103 HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC PROGRAMS NATIONWIDE

Hibbett, Inc.

Hibbett, Inc. (NASDAQ:HIBB), an athletic-inspired fashion and premium footwear omnichannel retailer, today announced the launch of the 2023 Sole School Program. As part of an ongoing commitment to give back, Hibbett | City Gear in partnership with Nike, have awarded 103 High Schools and more than 2,500 students nationwide with a combination of in-kind donations, product, mentoring and job opportunities, valued at more than $650,000.00. “We are proud at how our grassroots Sole School program has grown and flourished over the past eight years as we remain committed to strengthening our connection with schools in the communities we serve,” said Ben Knighten, Senior Vice President, Operations, Hibbett. “We developed the Sole School initiative as a multi-faceted way to make a meaningful impact for student athletes by not only offering funds but also connecting them with our local leaders to develop a plan for the future.” In 2023, 103 sponsored Sole Schools were recipients of a financial donation on behalf of Hibbett | City Gear and Nike, to support their basketball program in a variety of ways. Sole Schools utilize donated funds for team gear, travel costs, athletic equipment and other necessities. Schools also receive Hibbett | City Gear swag and mentoring from local Hibbett and City Gear leadership. As a community partner, Hibbett conducts regular outreach to schools and athletic programs in their local neighborhoods. "Our Partnership with Hibbett and being selected as a Sole School has been absolutely amazing. Hibbett has provided us with much needed support and we are extremely grateful for all they have done for us here at Warren County High School. Karen and her team at Hibbett have truly become part of our WCHS family," said Victor Hunt Jr., Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Warren County High School, Warrenton, North Carolina. “Being selected as a Sole School means the world to the Freeport High School Boys Basketball program and it will have a significant impact on our mission and the lives of the players,” said Coach Jackson, Freeport High School, Freeport, Illinois. “Hibbett’s commitment to the Boys Basketball program is truly admirable, and we are incredibly thankful for the positive difference they are making in our community.” “Our Sole School program gives back, creating a generation empowered to make a positive difference and I love being a leader in a company that gives back to a community that we serve and makes a difference in young athletes lives,” said Sheila Oakley, District Sales Manager, City Gear. To learn more about Sole School, please visit Hibbett.com About Hibbett, Inc. Hibbett, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leading athletic-inspired fashion retailer with 1158 Hibbett and City Gear specialty stores, located in 36 states nationwide. Hibbett has a rich history of convenient locations, personalized customer service and access to coveted footwear, apparel and equipment from top brands like Nike, Jordan, and adidas. Consumers can browse styles, find new releases, shop looks and make purchases online or in their nearest store by visiting www.hibbett.com. Follow us @hibbettsports and @citygear on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Contact Details Wendy Yellin pr@hibbett.com Company Website https://www.Hibbett.com

December 11, 2023 10:03 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Ho-Ho-Holiday Gifts

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Contact Details News Media Group, Inc. Karl Wayne +1 334-440-6397 karl@newsmg.com Company Website https://newsmg.com/

December 08, 2023 09:24 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Top Toys (and Trends) for the Holiday Season

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The holidays are here, and as always, the most on-trend and innovative products will continue to be atop of wish lists. But this year, parents are looking to shop smart and are seeking out feature-rich toys that offer bang for their buck. Recently, Toy Trends Specialist with The Toy Association, Jennifer Lynch, participated in a nationwide virtual media tour to discuss the top toys and trends for the holiday season. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/EBX9bVGD9jQ According to new research from the Toy Association, 64% of parents are looking to make connections with their kids this holiday season by buying todays they can play with together and create memories. Here are some of the top toys this holiday season: Rubble & Crew Bark Yard Crane Tower Playset Based on the construction yard and home base for the pups in Rubble & Crew, the new PAW Patrol spin-off series, this playset stands over 2 feet tall, providing hours of preschool-friendly building play. The playset comes with 12 ounces of all-new Kinetic Build-It Sand, four molds, interchangeable tools and a Rubble vehicle and pup, encouraging open-ended sensory play for preschoolers. Lights, sounds, music, and phrases from the series help bring the setting to life for fans. Hot Wheels® Ultimate T-Rex Transporter The Hot Wheels™ City Ultimate Hauler can gobble up and haul more than 20 1:64 scale cars and then transform into a growling, stomping T-Rex with a race track on its back. In hauler mode, pull it by the handle and it will eat the 1:64 scale cars in its path. Lower the tail and it transforms into a Robo T-Rex with lights and sounds and a two-lane race track. Kids can also launch cars from its mouth! Two 1:64 scale Hot Wheels® cars are included. Bearlieve Bear Bearlieve Bear is Build-A-Bear Workshop's first-ever interactive furry friend that responds to touch and the sound of your voice. From opening its eyes to wiggling its ears to verbalizing sweet phrases, Bearlieve Bear is poised to capture the hearts of children and adults alike as the must-have gift of the season. Guests can partake in Build-A-Bear’s special stuffing experience to create this new furry friend and participate in a specially designed heart ceremony to bring their new friend to life. Bearlieve Bear comes to life in Build-A-Bear Workshops in its own unique way as guests proclaim, “I BEARlieve!” while pressing the red heart on its paw during the iconic heart ceremony. Bearlieve Bear is introduced in Build-A-Bear’s family-friendly holiday film, Glisten and the Merry Mission. Storytime With Sunny Sunny’s expressive personality engages kiddos as she tells stories with surprising plot twists to keep them hanging on her every word. Sunny invites participation in 300+ activities with four disks and more than five hours of fairy tales, classic songs, guessing games, a poem creator, silly jokes, tongue twisters, daily routines and much more. Her animated face and movements add emotion and expression to jokes, stories and songs, inviting kids to respond as she asks them what they think. Sunny teaches healthy habits, encouraging good manners, brushing teeth and mindfulness exercises. Cleanup time is easy with a dedicated disk rack to store the four disks. When the day is done, take a quiet moment with Sunny as she leads kids in a bedtime routine. Set her gentle alarm, then fall asleep to her softly glowing night-light. Spy Guy Game Take on the role of Spy Guy, whose task is to find and catch a criminal who is prowling the city! Players will work together to search the long jigsaw puzzle board for clues aiming to catch the culprit as quickly as possible! Can you catch the criminal before he escapes from the city? Available at Target, Amazon, Trefl.com. For more information on these toys and much more, visit thegeniusofplay.org About Jennifer Lynch As an official spokesperson and toy trends specialist for The Toy Association, Jennifer Lynch chats with toymakers throughout the year to track trends and developments impacting the toy aisles and kids’ entertainment. She has been interviewed by publications including New York Magazine, Inc. Magazine, The Spruce and Insider, and made appearances on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, ABC News, KTLA-TV, Good Day Philadelphia, WGN Chicago, Bloomberg Radio, and CNET, among others. Jennifer has more than a decade of experience covering the toy and kids’ entertainment industries. Prior, she served as the editorial manager for aNb Media and its b2c review site TTPM.com, where she oversaw all digital and print communications, reviewed product, and co-hosted a web series conducting in-depth interviews with toy industry executives. She began her career in her home state of Pennsylvania, handling marketing communications for Penn State’s art galleries (her alma mater). She resides in New Jersey with her husband and baby girl. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

December 04, 2023 07:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Tech the Halls

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Contact Details News Media Group, Inc. Karl Wayne +1 334-440-6397 karl@newsmg.com Company Website https://newsmg.com/

November 30, 2023 10:51 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Augmented Reality (AR) in the Classroom: Snap’s AR technology offers endless possibilities for creativity, engagement, and exploration.

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/QEuZ5YDnkRQ Through the magic of augmented reality (AR), students can learn in an immersive and flexible environment no matter where they are, helping them to better understand and engage with complex STEM concepts. Research shows that using virtual reality learning can deepen student comprehension through interactivity, greater context to the world, and a sense of scale and proximity that might not otherwise be possible. Snap’s AR technology offers endless possibilities for creativity, engagement and exploration. In traditional online learning environments, over half of students abandon their STEM courses before completion. To fill this gap, AR can aid in presenting complex concepts in a more tangible 3D format that empowers students to achieve their best. Through a partnership with Snap, Inspirit is hoping to make STEM learning more interactive and engaging for all students through their digital platform, the Innovative Learning Hub. Inspirit is creating 25 more Lenses powered by Snap AR focused on STEM curriculums that will be rolled out to at least 50 schools nationwide next school year. This exciting partnership was the focus of a nationwide media tour featuring Sophia Dominguez, the Director of AR Platform Partnerships & Ecosystem at Snap and Amrutha Vasan is the Co-Founder and COO of Inspirit include: Topics that they discussed during the media tour included: How augmented reality can supplement learning in the classroom. Ways that Snap’s AR technology offers endless possibilities for creativity, engagement and exploration. Partnership between Snap and Inspirit to bring immersive AR learning technology to classrooms to help revolutionize the way students learn. To learn more visit inspiritVR.com Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

November 07, 2023 09:47 AM Eastern Standard Time

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RHIZOME AND PAUL G. ALLEN FAMILY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO ADVANCE CIVIC EDUCATION IN WASHINGTON SCHOOLS

Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Seattle, WA — Today, Rhizome and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced a $620,000 initiative aimed at creating a new Civic Service Fellowship program in Washington high schools. This three-year initiative will establish over 100 teams of Fellows in hyperlocal Chapters across the state of Washington. Rhizome’s Civic Service Fellowship prioritizes rural communities, under-resourced areas, and communities of color. The Civic Service Fellowship will empower high school students to lead year-round initiatives designed to boost civic engagement within their schools and communities. This will include organizing community events, educating younger students about democracy, and assisting their eligible peers with voter registration or pre-registration. Students have the opportunity to mend divisions, combat disengagement, and address the mental health crisis by creating civic communities. By inviting students to gain leadership experience and build healthy habits based on who they want to become, Rhizome inspires responsibility and produces pathways for lifelong leadership and public engagement. Civic participation can be an important factor for young people’s social and mental well-being. Recent research from Gallup has found that less than half of Gen Z members feel as though they are “thriving” and only 44% feel prepared for their future. While 76% of young people across the country believe their age group has the power to enact change, only 40% of all youth—and only 34% of youth of color—report feeling well-qualified to participate in politics. In an era marked by diminishing public trust and worsening mental health outcomes among young people, this initiative will equip students with the tools to engage their communities in building a healthier world for all. “After 90 of us came together as Co-Founders of Rhizome just two years ago, we are thrilled to announce this multi-year partnership with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, addressing the need for sustainable systems that empower emerging leaders to shape change,” said Jacob Merkle, Rhizome’s CEO. “In an era of unmet challenges to our civic and mental health, this collaboration allows Rhizome to scale our grassroots system, deepen our impact, and build collective power for young people. We’re grateful for the Foundation's recognition that young people are the future. We hope this early commitment will spur philanthropy to provide more scale-enabling, no-strings-attached funding for young people to create the safer, happier, and healthier world they deserve.” “Witnessing the growth of Rhizome from day one has been one of the most fulfilling experiences in my life. Not simply the growth of the organization, but the tangible difference that has been made in the confidence of countless students. As an organizer in Washington, my proudest moment is seeing the transformation in students as they gain their voice to fearlessly advocate for their own beliefs,” said Hiba Siddiqui, a Rhizome Regional Organizer who works in Eastern Washington. “Having the support of partners like the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation reaffirms our mission and gives us the resources to expand our reach. I am excited to see the indelible impact that will be made as Rhizome brings our community of trust, friendship, and belonging to other areas in Washington.” “Civic education is necessary now more than ever. Our civic landscape has shifted and testifies to the urgency to actively involve youth in bettering their communities and solving societal issues. As a committed civic educator for over two decades, I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to have partners in this mission,” said Jen Reidel, a Social Studies and English teacher at Bellingham High School. “I can provide classroom experiences, but I need like - minded civic organizations like Rhizome to help students find their civic identities and mission outside the classroom.” According to Ms. Reidel, Rhizome removes the responsibility of supporting a student club outside of class from the teacher and places it on the students and their Rhizome mentor. It honors student agency and diversity by equipping students to promote civic engagement within their school and identify issues they would like to address at a local level and authentically work toward their solution. Funds from the partnership will directly support student-led efforts by paying a dedicated team of Rhizome’s student organizers in Washington, who will work to implement the Civic Service Fellowship in local schools in their communities. By funding this important work, Rhizome and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation are investing deeply in the next generation of lifelong civic leaders. About Rhizome Founded in 2021, Rhizome is a national network of student leaders organizing to empower young people to build stronger communities. Rhizome was co-founded by 90 young people to help students become more civically active while training the next generation of organizers and emerging leaders. Learn more at www.werhize.org. About the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Founded in 1988 by philanthropists Jody Allen and the late Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, the foundation invests in communities across the Pacific Northwest to enhance the human experience of arts & culture, center under-served populations, and mobilize young people to make impact. In addition, the foundation supports a global portfolio of nonprofit partners working across science and technology solutions to protect wildlife, preserve ocean health, and create lasting change. The foundation also funds the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, which works to advance cutting-edge research in all areas of bioscience. Contact Details Rhizome Maya Rodriguez, Communications Director +1 415-488-7692 mayar@werhize.org Company Website https://www.werhize.org

November 01, 2023 08:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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How Ambow Education (NYSE: AMBO) Is Potentially Revolutionizing The Future Of Education With HybriU AI Digital Learning

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By Faith Ashmore, Benzinga The world of education is rapidly evolving, largely due to changes in technology and an increased need for remote or hybrid learning. As a result, companies such as Ambow Education Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: AMBO) are stepping up to provide innovative solutions that address the changing needs of educators and students alike. Ambow’s HybriU AI digital education solution seems to be gaining attention and is being employed in a range of environments to achieve various goals. Ambow, a leading AI technology-driven educational company operating primarily in the United States, seems poised to transform education with its latest innovation – the HybriU AI digital education solution. This cutting-edge solution is powered by groundbreaking OOOK technology and is a patented system designed to modernize and elevate educational and workforce training for students. By harnessing this advanced technology, Ambow seeks to provide students with comprehensive and current resources, equipping them with the skills necessary to thrive in today’s rapidly evolving world. The online education sector seems to be on a trajectory for growth, projected to more than triple from its 2022 valuation of $192 billion to $602 billion by 2030, at a robust compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.2% from 2022 to 2030. The distinct advantages offered by HybriU, tailor-made for the new hybrid learning paradigm, seem to position Ambow Education at the forefront of the industry. Ambow aims to be the driving force in the sector, propelling hybrid learning experiences into the future. One of HybriU's potential benefits is to bridge learning gaps within school districts. With its personalized learning capabilities, HybriU empowers educators to create customized educational content tailored to individual students' specific needs. This enables students to learn at their own pace and receive targeted support where they face challenges. Moreover, the solution ensures remote accessibility, which is particularly beneficial for students in rural or underserved communities who may otherwise lack access to high-quality educational resources. Another compelling use for HybriU lies in its ability to facilitate interactive hybrid teaching across multiple branches and sites. By transcending geographical boundaries, HybriU aims to foster a more engaging and dynamic learning experience for students across different locations and branches This flexible approach to education effectively extends the reach of universities and colleges beyond state and international borders, thereby granting access to a broader audience. Equally significant is HybriU's capability to provide data-driven insights, enabling educators to develop effective strategies for addressing learning gaps. By analyzing performance data, HybriU can pinpoint precisely where students encounter difficulties and provide teachers with invaluable insights into how best to support their students' specific learning needs. With the assistance of remedial and enrichment materials, HybriU can also provide students with targeted support to help them catch up in specific subjects or excel further. The HybriU AI digital education solution seems poised to be a transformative force in education, reshaping the landscape of learning. From closing learning gaps and improving accessibility to enabling interactive teaching across diverse educational environments, to many it comes as no surprise that HybriU is capturing attention and delivering desirable results for its users. As the field of education continues to evolve, solutions like HybriU can likely be expected to play a vital role in empowering educators and students to unlock their full potential. Ambow aims to be at the forefront of this educational revolution, driving the future of learning. To sign up for a free demo of HybriU, visit http://www.hybriU.com or www.ambow.com. Ambow Education Holding Ltd. is a leading cross-border career educational and technology service provider, offering high-quality, individualized services and products. With its extensive network of regional service hubs complemented by a dynamic proprietary learning platform and distributors, Ambow provides its services and products to students in China and United States of America. This post contains sponsored advertising content. This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Kevin Derrivan kderrivan@amboweducation.com Company Website https://www.ambow.com/

November 01, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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The 2023 International Conference on Education Innovation: Redefining Learning Trends with AI

CommonWealth Education Media & Publishing

TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - 20 October 2023 - The rapid development of artificial intelligence in recent years has opened the way for AI to revolutionize learning. The most talked-about education-related topic in 2023 is how AI and other examples of cutting-edge technology can change the way we teach our children. Concurrently, interdisciplinary learning that revolves around urban centers is also catching on around the world thanks to its culturally rich, explorative nature. The main theme of the 2023 International Conference on Education Innovation, hosted by CommonWealth Education Media & Publishing, was "AI x Education: Redefining Learning". The topics of discussion focused on education goals, learning methods, and a deep dive into "why we learn" in the era of AI. In addition to the insightful discourse on global education trends, an exciting new program in this year's forum was the series of individual seminars that zeroed in on specific concepts, such as career planning, hands-on learning, and OPEN365, an invigorating new approach to improving education with outside-the-box thinking. The aim of the conference was to inject new ideas into Taiwan's education innovation ecosystem, so that it may have a lasting effect on the education system. Nearly a thousand parents and education workers participated in the annual extravaganza. A special highlight of the conference was the talk on "The World is Your School: Making Learning Fun with Technology", which saw Teachers Lead Tech founder Monika Katkute sharing success stories from Lithuania, in which EdTech helped students expand their understanding of the world. Hsiao-Yue Tsao, Chair of the Graduate Institute of Interactive Media Design at National Taipei University of Technology, spoke about cooperation between businesses and academia that aims to advance technological education. With her guidance, participants were able to experience the new era of the Metaverse, as well as inspiring new applications in AR, VR, and XR tech that showcased the creativity and diversity of Taiwan's education scene. Taiwan's booming EdTech industry was another area of great interest, as speakers shared case studies about how AI was used to teach students to play Go, the contribution of robots and the Internet of things (IoT) on campuses, interactive online courses, the utilization of tech to promote aesthetic education for children, etc. The rich tapestry of seminars and exhibitions allowed participants to witness live demonstrations on how AI and technology can be integrated into learning. The audience was wowed by different tech applications and how technology can turn the world of education on its head while creating new business opportunities. The proposed end goal is to change the methods of "teaching" and "learning" so that the ideal of "Personalized Learning" can become reality. The 2023 International Conference on Education Innovation hosted by CommonWealth Education Media & Publishing will continue to use its media influence to build new platforms for education innovation. Through in-depth dialogue and the free sharing of ideas, it is hoped that the education ecosystem will thrive and bring about greater cooperation between academia and the private sector. Contact Details CommonWealth Education Media & Publishing LO AN LIN roanlin@cw.com.tw

October 23, 2023 09:33 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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GPE Launches Virtual Reality Film on Climate Change And Education

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

WASHINGTON D.C., MAPUTO - Media OutReach - 23 October 2023 - The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) launched today Education in the eye of the storm – a virtual reality film in partnership with UNICEF showcasing the challenges that climate change poses on children’s education in Mozambique. Education in the eye of the storm invites users to experience how extreme weather events are impacting education and how children and their communities are adapting. Cyclone Freddy, the longest-lasting tropical cyclone on record, hit Mozambique twice - on February 24 and March 11, 2023 - causing strong winds combined with heavy rains and wreaking havoc on the lives of hundreds of thousands of families. “Viewers will experience Cyclone Freddy’s intensity and get a visceral understanding of the challenges faced by the community during this natural disaster,” said Laura Frigenti, GPE’s Chief Executive Officer. “Education is an underestimated but critical pillar of climate action. GPE will continue helping partner countries develop climate-smart education systems,” added Frigenti. “As the climate crisis intensifies, Mozambique continues to face recurrent cyclones and climate shocks, which are putting children’s ability to learn in serious jeopardy. That’s why UNICEF is working with Government of Mozambique and partners to invest in climate resilient classrooms, which can stand up to the strongest storms and make sure children remain in school – even after disasters strike,” said Maria Luisa Fornara, UNICEF Representative in Mozambique. Through a 360° immersive experience, users can access videos, photos, interviews and other content to understand the scale of the destruction caused by Cyclone Freddy and its consequences for children’s education. Keeping children in school through climate-related event starts with building resilient education systems. This includes risk-sensitive planning, climate-resilient infrastructure, and advancing curricula and teacher training on climate and disaster risk reduction. To fully harness the potential of education for climate action, GPE is working with partners to offer technical support to include climate-risk in countries’ plans, fosters cross-sector coordination and financing for adaptation efforts. With almost one third of GPE grants supporting climate change response efforts, GPE also launched the Climate Smart Education Systems initiative in partnership with Save the Children and UNESCO, to enhance countries’ capacities to include climate change adaptation and environmental sustainability into education sector plans and budgets. Access https://educationinthestorm.org/ to view the virtual reality film. Read the Factsheet: Confronting climate change through education About UNICEF The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in some of the world's toughest places to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them reach their true potential. Across 190 countries and territories, UNICEF works for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for all. And we never give up. For more information on UNICEF Mozambique and its work for every child, visit www.unicef.org.mz. About the Global Partnership for Education GPE is a shared commitment to ending the world’s learning crisis. We mobilize partners and funds to support nearly 90 lower-income countries to transform their education systems so that every girl and boy can get the quality education they need to unlock their full potential and contribute to building a better world. www.globalpartnership.org Contact Details GPE Head of Communications Tamara Kummer +33 7 82 26 07 18 tkummer@globalpartnership.org Chief of Advocacy, Communication and Partnerships (ACP), UNICEF Mozambique Guy Taylor (English) +258 85 183 9954 gutaylor@unicef.org Communication Officer, UNICEF Mozambique Gabriel Pereira (Portuguese) +258 84 522 1721 gpereira@unicef.org

October 23, 2023 04:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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